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Release: Jan. 31, 2003
ANNUAL FESTIVAL BRINGS PIANISTS TO UI CAMPUS FEB. 12-13 AND 15-16
Former University of Iowa faculty member Daniel Shapiro and duo-pianists
Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow will be the featured artists for the UI Piano
Festival 2003, presented by the piano area of the UI School of Music.
An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance
and teaching. It typically includes master classes and performances from outstanding
visiting artist-teachers from around the world.
The current festival will offer two concerts by the guest artists, as well
as two master classes, all of which are free and open to the public.
-- Shapiro will present a master class with piano students from the UI School
of Music, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman
-- Shapiro will play an all-Beethoven program, featuring the piano sonatas
op. 14 nos. 1 and 2 and the Diabelli Variations, op. 120, at 8
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Clapp Recital Hall.
-- Cheng and Chow will present a master class with piano students from the
UI School of Music, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Harper Hall.
-- Cheng and Chow will perform a program of music for piano four-hands and
for two pianos at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Clapp Recital Hall. They will
play five of Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances; the Fantasie
in F minor, D. 940, by Franz Schubert; Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud;
three movements from the Dolly Suite by Gabriel Faure; and a two-piano
version of Maurice Ravels La Valse.
Currently a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Shapiro
taught at the UI School of Music 1992-97. He is remembered locally for a remarkable
series of recitals he gave in 1995, playing all of the Beethoven piano sonatas
from memory in 8 performances over a 4-week period. He performed a second
complete cycle of the Beethoven sonatas last year at the Cleveland Institute.
Shapiro has performed critically acclaimed recitals and concerto appearances
across the United States, in Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Spain and France, and
at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He continues to gain recognition as a leading
interpreter of Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart.
Shapiro received the top prize in the 1992 William Kapell International Piano
Competition. He also won the American Pianists Association Beethoven
Fellowship Award, the Joanna Hedges International Piano Competition, the Young
Musicians Foundation Debut competition, and the International Piano
As a chamber musician, Shapiro performs regularly with members of the Los
Angeles Philharmonic in the orchestras chamber series. He has participated
at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival and the Fellowship Program
at Tanglewood, and was a winner in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
He has released chamber music compact discs on the Harmonia Mundi and ASV
Cheng and Chow met when they were both students of Sascha Gorodnitzki at
the Juilliard School. They both later studied extensively with Menahem Pressler
-- the pianist of the famed Beaux Arts Trio -- at Indiana University. Now
married, they often perform as duo-pianists, and are both on the faculty of
the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Cheng is one of Canadas most accomplished and respected pianists. She
has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic,
Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto,
Vancouver, St. Louis, Houston, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Utah and Colorado.
She appears frequently in major venues throughout Canada and the United States,
and also collaborates with chamber ensembles such as the Takacs, Colorado
and Vogler quartets.
Chengs many honors include a Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International
Piano Masters Competition, the distinction of being the first Canadian to
win the Montreal International Piano Competition, the Medal of Excellence
from the Salzburg Mozarteum for her outstanding interpretations of Mozart,
and a Career Development Grant from the Canada Council.
Chengs debut recording of two Mozart concertos with the CBC Vancouver
Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include: for Koch International,
Clara Schumanns Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Womens
Philharmonic; for CBC Records, selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann,
four Spanish concertos with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, and most
recently, the two Shostakovich concertos with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio
Orchestra. Upcoming recording projects in 2003 include an all-Chopin program
and additional Mozart concertos.
Chow has performed throughout North America and in Asia as orchestral soloist
and recitalist. He has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including
the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the Music Teachers
National Association Collegiate Artist Competition and the New York Piano
Teachers Congress International Piano Competition.
Chows appearances as soloist with orchestra include the National Symphony
Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia
Symphony in Hong Kong and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. He has also
become widely known as a chamber musician, performing extensively with Cheng
as well as his twin brother, Alan. A native of Miami he graduated with highest
honors and as co-valedictorian of his class at the University of Maryland.
He received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano from the Juilliard School and
held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University.
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